Research Fellows

Dr Edith Arndt

Edith Arndt Edith is an alpine ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne.  Her past research focused on investigating soil nitrogen pools and transformations in alpine ecosystems, as well as root nitrogen uptake, in relation to temperature and fire.  Working in the Victorian government in the areas of environmental monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting, remote sensing, and data management have equipped her with an understanding of government processes and land management.  Her current work includes developing measures for assessing the health of the Australian biosecurity system and determining the level of confidence for the absence status of plant pests.

Dr Jan Carey

Dr Jan Carey Jan is a marine ecologist and a research fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Her research draws together three major threads: benthic ecology; quantitative methods used to address ecological questions; and the management of man-made disturbances in natural environments.

Dr Yung En Chee

Dr Yung En CheeYung is a research fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests and experience lie in applying ecological and decision-analytic theory, models and methods to conservation and ecosystem/natural resource management problems. She currently works on several projects including: developing spatial and decision support tools to help design, evaluate and rank multi-action river restoration strategies, as well as interdisciplinary research on understanding user uptake of decision support models for natural resource management.

Matthew Chisholm

Matthew ChisholmMatt is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, having previously worked for seventeen years as a biosecurity officer and data analyst. His interests are in predicting the regulatory compliance of sub-populations of passengers, mail and cargo; measuring and improving the operational performance of border inspectorates; and improving the data-related processes that support the inspectorate function.

Associate Professor Jane Elith

Dr Jane ElithJane Elith is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow based at the University of Melbourne. She specialises in methods for implementing and evaluating species distribution models with a focus on relevance to intended applications. Her current projects span terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, and include invasive species and climate change applications.

Dr Fiona Fidler

Dr Fiona FidlerFiona is interested in how experts make decisions, including how scientists themselves collect, interpret and draw conclusions from their own data. She is an advocate of ethical statistical practice, and has worked to establish an evidence base for statistical reform in the biological and behavioural sciences. She is also interested in expert judgement and how to improve the performance of decision making groups.

Dr Anca Hanea

Anca HaneaAnca is an applied mathematician and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests and experience lie in high dimensional dependence modelling, risk analysis, decision theory, probabilistic graphical models, and structured expert judgement. Her current research is focused on structured expert judgement elicitation and aggregation methods for Bernoulli distributed random variables.

Dr Tracey Hollings

Tracey HollingsTracey is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research has centred around disease ecology in wildlife and more recently for biosecurity risk analysis. Her current work is based around species distribution modelling and use of remotely sensed imagery to aid livestock demographic estimation for disease preparedness. She also has broad interests and experience in trophic cascades, threatened species conservation and mammalian fauna ecology.

Dr Frith Jarrad

Dr Frith JarradFrith is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in environmental management, biosecurity and decision making. Specifically, her research focuses on improving environmental outcomes through incorporating ecological modelling, data synthesis, expert elicitation and other techniques into tools for industry. Her current work includes decision making for resource allocation in environmental management, biosecurity surveillance for invasive species, impacts of climate change on plants, and threatened species conservation.

Dr Steve Lane

Steve is a data scientist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His interests are in effective data communication, and in the preparation, collation and management of complex datasets.

Dr Richard Bradhurst

Dr Richard BradhurstRichard Bradhurst is a Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. He is interested in the fusion of multiple modelling approaches (equation-based, agent-based and cellular automata), to produce epidemiologically authentic and computationally tractable simulations of the spatiotemporal spread and control of emergency animal diseases. He collaborates with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, ANU, CSIRO and the EuFMD Commission within the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Previously, he spent over 20 years as a software/firmware engineer on large mission/life critical projects in both Australia and North America. Projects included SCADA, a submarine combat system, civilian and military automated air traffic control systems, and tactical communication systems for the Canadian, British and United States military.

Martina Hoffmann

Martina HoffmannMartina Hoffmann is a statistical research assistant at the University of Melbourne. After completing the graduate program at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), Martina worked in Border Compliance at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) in Canberra. Her work at CEBRA focuses primarily on biosecurity-related questions.

Dr Aaron Dodd

Dr Aaron DoddAaron is an ecologist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research typically applies concepts drawn from ecology, epidemiology, risk analysis, decision theory and economics to inform biosecurity service delivery.  Aaron is currently working on potential approaches for estimating the value of complex biosecurity interventions with a view to informing large-scale resource allocation decisions.

Dr James Camac

James is a quantitative ecologist and Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. His research has focused on examining how climate change and fire influence Australian alpine vegetation dynamics and how plant traits influence growth, mortality and fire recovery. James is currently working on: 1) developing statistical tools for quantifying confidence in pest freedom; and 2) developing risk maps of pest establishment.

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